Also known as an advance directive, health care directive, or a physician’s directive, this is a legal document which will make known your wishes regarding life prolonging medical treatments. A living will is important because it will inform your health care providers and your family about your desires for medical treatment in the event you are not able to speak for yourself.
A living will does not become effective unless you are incapacitated; until then you are able to say what treatments you do or do not want. Certification is usually required by your physician and another physician that you are either suffering from a terminal illness or permanently unconscious. A living will is only effective when your ultimate recovery is hopeless.
As always, it is important for you to discuss with your physician and your loved ones what kinds of end of life medical treatments you want and where the related documents can be found.
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